Cannondale's newest LAB71 bike, the Moterra Neo – a trail-focused e-MTB with "ultimate spec and attention to detail in pursuit of ultimate performance". The bike comes with a cutting-edge Bosch drive unit with 150mm of travel front and rear, and the top-tier SRAM XX Transmission shifting.
LAB71 is a moniker the brand has been giving to the best and most premium bikes - including the Topstone - it makes, and it's now been the Moterra Neo's turn to be scrutinised on every aspect to maximise the bike's performance.
LAB71 Moterra Neo e-MTB - Spec
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The bike is built upon a lightweight LAB71 Edition Full Carbon Front Triangle, keeping the bike's weight as low as possible without compromising durability in rough conditions - and the frame comes with a lifetime warranty. Like most modern bikes, the Moterra Neo also has its cables neatly integrated into the frame.
In terms of spec, the LAB71 Moterra Neo gets the electronic, wireless SRAM XX Transmission groupset, and rolls on the Zipp 3Zero Moto wheelset wrapped in Maxxis Minion DHF and Maxxis Rekon tyres. The bike is stopped by Code Ultimate Stealth four-piston brakes.
The bike is equipped with the lighter and more powerful "Race" version of Bosch's top-shelf Performance Line CX drive unit, and the Moterra Neo LAB71 offers an exclusive Race Mode. The motor offers 85Nm of torque and claims to boost your input by a staggering 400 percent, while tipping the scales at 2.8kg. The drive unit is paired with a 750Wh Bosch PowerTube battery and Kiox 300 display with a remote.
Connected to the system is also a 550-lumen front light from Supernova, so that the riding doesn't have to stop when the sun sets.
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LAB71 Moterra Neo e-MTB - Suspension and geometry
When it comes to suspension, the Moterra Neo is again enjoying the premium treatment. The front is softened by a RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork with 150mm of travel, whereas the rear is handled by a RockShox Deluxe Select + offering the same 150mm of plushness at the back.
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Cannondale has tailored the suspension kinematic for each frame size (SM, MD, LG, XL) to ensure better traction, more efficient pedalling, and active suspension under braking for all riders.
The smallest frame size rolls with a mullet 27.5in rear/29in front wheelset, whereas the larger ones roll on 29in hoops. In terms of geometry, an MD (medium) LAB71 Moterra Neo gets a stack of 626mm, whereas the reach is 455mm. The seat angle is 70 degrees, the head tube angle is 65 degrees and the chainstays are 455mm long.
LAB71 Moterra Neo e-MTB - Pricing
The LAB71 Moterra Neo e-MTB is available now and it might be no surprise that with all of its premium-level kit, it comes with a premium price tag - £11,500 to be specific.
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